Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Lab Awards

Work in a lab? The Sustainability Awards can give you the framework to help push your place of work to be more sustainable and reward good practice already taking place.

Labs Sustainability Award winners 2018
Labs Sustainability Award winners 2018

Recognition for your lab

Many different schemes now exist for assessing the sustainability of laboratories, such as LEAF, My Green Lab, and the NUS Green Impact Labs scheme. The University of Edinburgh has been operating its own lab sustainability scheme since 2013 as part of our long term commitment to improving the impact of our scientific research and teaching.

The Lab Awards are designed for lab-based staff. The Lab Award Toolkit can be applied at any scale, from a single lab up to an entire building or research centre. It is up to each team to decide how large of an area to enter in the Lab Awards, and teams can enter at Bronze, Silver or Gold level.

Take part in the 2022/2023 Lab Awards

Getting involved is simple. Get in touch with Rachael Barton ( to register your interest and discuss getting started.

We'll talk you through the requirements of each level, learn more about your area, and offer an initial lab walk-around to determine your starting baseline. We'll also introduce you to your own dedicated area on our Lab Awards Sharepoint site, where you can record your progress and evidence of your successes.

Achieving your Lab Award comes through completing the actions and criteria in your chosen level and following an audit of your lab.

Earning your Bronze, Silver or Gold Lab Award will clearly demonstrate to the wider University and beyond, that you are committed to bringing sustainability best practices to your lab and research.


New guides coming soon.

Get in touch with with any questions.

Track your progress

SharePoint site coming soon.

Register your interest

Email to participate.